Somaliland: Local Clerics Demand to Apply Islamic Sharia
HARGEISA, 10 Oct. 2006--In a development that duplicates the rise of Islamic Courts in
In two separate but similar statements signed by 43 clerics, 13 from the capital Hargeisa and 30 from the second largest city Buroa, the clerics demanded the government to withdraw a statement by the Foreign Minister in which he stated that
“We demand the government to give an official apology about the Foreign Minister’s statement to the BBC in which he said that
It also demanded that the country’s judiciary should be an independent body based on Islamic Sharia and all laws that contradicted the Sharia should be revoked.
The Buroa statement also warned the media against spreading anti-Islamic propaganda. The Hargeisa clerics also called upon the government and the public to refrain from lampooning the devoted faithful who wore Islamic signs such long beards and women’s veil.
Somaliland Islamist sympathizers have become bold since the UIC militias have taken over swathes of land in the South. Sheikh Ali Warsame, one of the most influential clerics in Buora and former head of the Al Ittihad Al Islami, has recently left for
Warsame, who is the brother-in-law of Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the strongman of the UIC, might be the familiar religious figure from
The Hargeisa clerics hailed the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) for their positive achievements and for applying the Islamic Sharia, but warned them against any attempts to destabilize
“We praise the Islamic Courts in
Both statements also urged the
This was in reference to a recent video footage that showed a man claimed to be Mohammed Sheikh Ismail, a cleric, being beaten by men with